After re-signing cornerback earlier today, I mentioned that really the only two things left for the Detroit Lions to do were to re-sign defensive ends Cliff Avril and Turk McBride. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the latter of the two will end up being re-signed by the Lions. According to a report, McBride has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints.
#Saints have agreed to terms with DE Turk McBride, according to a league source.
McBride joined the Lions in 2009, following defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham to Detroit from Kansas City. In his first year in Detroit he had 27 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 11 games. Last year he did even better, recording 33 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles in 15 games.
I was hoping the Lions would bring McBride back. While he wasn't a starter, he is talented and a great fit in the Lions' defense. Having a solid rotation of defensive ends was very nice last season, and I was looking forward to seeing a rotation of a healthy Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lawrence Jackson, Avril and McBride this year.
With McBride leaving, it becomes even more imperative that the Lions get a deal worked out with Avril sometime soon.